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ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL Credit Flexibility Handbook Forest Hills School District Expanded Educational Opportunities for High School Credit CURRICULUM 7550 Forest Road, Cincinnati, Ohio phone:
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ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL Credit Flexibility Handbook Forest Hills School District Expanded Educational Opportunities for High School Credit CURRICULUM 7550 Forest Road, Cincinnati, Ohio phone: fax Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Cincinnati, OH Michael Overbey, Principal David Kammerer, Assistant Principal Chris Newton, Athletic Director Dear Parents and Students, Ohio s Plan for Credit Flexibility is designed to broaden the scope of curricular options available to students, increase the depth of study possible for a particular subject, and for personalized learning. These are ways in which learning can be customized around students interests and needs. Students may now earn credits by: Completing coursework Testing out of or demonstrating mastery of course content Pursuing one or more educational options (e.g., online/distance learning, dual credit, educational travel, independent study, internships, music, arts, after-school programs, community service, or other individualized projects) Credit Flexibility is intended to motivate and increase student learning by allowing: Access to more learning resources, especially real-world experiences, and customization around individual student needs Multiple measures of learning, especially those where students choose how to demonstrate what they know and can do, apply their learning, or document their performance Please use this Credit Flexibility Handbook as a guide to understanding what options are available. Each option requires a different level of student independence needed to successfully complete the course work for credit. For this reason, all courses and students interest level should be carefully considered. Students interested in accessing Credit Flex should detach and complete the Credit Flex Application and follow the requirements and timeline in this handbook. Sincerely, Michael Overbey Principal Anderson High School Expanded Opportunities for Learning at Anderson High School A Menu of Options The following Credit Flex Options are listed in order of degree of student independence necessary for completion.. Level One Greater Student Direction and Independence Online Courses Independent Study Study at Approved Institutions Internship Assessment for Mastery (AfM) Individual Research Community Service / Service Learning Educational Travel Courses offered completely online with little or no face-to-face teacher-student or studentstudent interaction.* The opportunity to pursue in-depth study of a topic of individual interest. Students design a course of study with the assistance of a Forest Hills teacher/advisor certified in the content area and schedule periodic sessions with that teacher/advisor.* Opportunities for credit that students could access through summer camps or college/university courses.* Students may also choose to earn college credit through College Credit Plus (CC+).** An opportunity for students to gain experience in a particular field of interest or in a specific career. Internships provide students with real-world opportunities to evaluate their level of interest, to create a network of contacts/mentors, and to gain credit for their work.*** Level Two Completely Student Driven Completing a paper-pencil assessment as well as a portfolio of assignments which indicate mastery of specific course content and presenting the completed products to a panel of content specialists for evaluation. Assessment for Mastery is a one-time opportunity for students to show that they have command of the content of particular courses. AfM opportunities will occur in the spring of each year.* Projects/products resulting from independent student research as outlined in a proposal made as part of the Credit Flex planning process. Unlike Independent Study this option is totally student-driven from proposal to presentation.* An option which combines student interest with community service experience(s) and reflection to encourage and strengthen students understanding of civic engagement and responsibility, service to others, and activities to promote the common good.* Travel experiences based on specific student interests or needs and resulting in an agreed upon product or performance showcasing detailed learning targets.* *Requires a Credit Flexibility Access Plan ** Does not require a Credit Flex Plan. Please be sure to meet with your school counselor prior to April 1, *** Requires a separate application and meeting with high school counselor prior to April 1, Credit Flex Options Available at Anderson High School Level One: Greater Student Direction and Independence Online Courses: The following online providers have been approved by etech Ohio, a state agency dedicated to enhancing learning by developing programs and using best practices to serve learning organizations fueleducation Brigham Young Online (NCAA approved) K12 Online Ohio Virtual Academy APEX NOTE: AP courses taken from an online provider must be audited and approved by The College Board. Students will have to provide proof of the audit and approval from The College Board in order to receive a weighted grade on the Anderson High School transcript. Independent Study: Independent Study provides an opportunity to further explore subjects of special interest. Whether they are working on enrichment or advancement of skills and knowledge, students can expand their learning by connecting with resources both within and outside Anderson High School. Examples of Independent Study may include: local immersion experiences in a foreign language, conducting a musical performance, creating a book of original short stories or poetry. Students wishing to access Independent Study must consult a staff member or community mentor willing to work with them and certify their learning. Study at Approved Institutions: Post-secondary institutions approved include: Northwestern University Summer Institute Johns Hopkins University Summer Program College Credit Plus** ** Requires a separate application and meeting with high school counselor prior to April 1,. Level Two: Completely Student-Driven Mastery Assessment: The three components of Mastery Assessment are: A paper/pencil test and/or a performance assessment A portfolio A presentation to a panel consisting of teachers, administrators, and other invited judges Students wishing to access Mastery Assessment have 3 opportunities: April, October, and January. Students must achieve a minimum score of 80% (with no rounding) on the paper/pencil test to be eligible for completion of the Mastery Assessment process. Upon successfully completing the paper/pencil test, students will receive specific assignments for the Mastery Assessment Portfolio. They will then have until the next Mastery Assessment testing week to complete their portfolios. All portfolio presentations will be scheduled through the Credit Flex panel. Credit for Mastery Assessment will be assigned based on the course content: 1 semester =.5 credit; 2 semesters = 1 credit; 1 quarter of credit =.25 credit. Students may not select the Mastery Assessment option for only 1 semester of a 2 semester course. NOTE: There will be no option for Mastery Assessment at Anderson High School for Advanced Placement courses. Students may choose to access online AP courses (see above) if they do not wish to sit for the regularly scheduled AP class. In addition, there will be no option for Mastery Assessment in courses that require students to work collaboratively together to produce a final group outcome. Examples of this kind of course include performing groups (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) and courses that specifically deliver a team-based product (Journalism). Individual Research, Internships, Community Service/Service Learning, Educational Travel, or Combination Opportunities: The Community Mentor Waiver and Acknowledgement form must be completed before beginning any of these options (see Appendix) AHS CREDIT FLEX TIMELINE Note: Students who wish to sign up for any Credit Flex option must complete the Credit Flex Application and Access Plan (see end of this handbook). Once an Access Plan is approved, any necessary changes to a schedule can be accommodated. Timeline for students applying for credit flex plans for the summer of or the First Semester of the school year: Date Mar 28, SUMMER & FIRST SEMSTER SCHOOL YEAR Description Applications from Nagel and/or Anderson High School students for first semester of (including Access Plan) due to Michael Overbey, AHS principal. Apr 11-15, Apr 5-26, Apr 5 May 3, May 3, May 4 20, Mastery Assessment paper/pencil tests for students choosing this option. Student will present Credit Flex application to review panel for evaluation of all Applications/Access Plans. After review, the panel may make suggestions on how to improve/revise individual Access Plans. Students will then have one week from the date of their review to revise their Access Plans according to the panel s instructions (The Credit Flex Panel consists of content area specific teachers/supervisors, 1 Administrator, 1 counselor, and 1 Credit Flex Facilitator) Panel review of revised Applications/Access Plans Final Notification of Approval or Denial Credit Flex advisory meetings for students to discuss their plans (for either summer or first semester) Oct 2 14, Presentation of Credit Flex projects/portfolios (for students who completed a project over the summer). Oct 2 14, Mastery Assessment paper/pencil tests January 2017 Student presentation of Credit Flex projects/portfolios (for students who completed a project first semester). Timeline for students applying for credit flex plans for the Second Semester of the school year: Date Nov 4, Nov 9-21, Nov 11 21, Dec 5, Dec 7 16, SECOND SEMSTER TIMELINE SCHOOL YEAR Description Applications from Anderson High School students for (including Access Plan) due to Michael Overbey, AHS principal. Student will present Credit Flex application to review panel for evaluation of all Applications/Access Plans. After review, the panel may make suggestions on how to improve/revise individual Access Plans. Students will then have one week from the date of their review to revise their Access Plans according to the panel s instructions (The Credit Flex Panel consists of content area specific teachers/supervisors, 1 Administrator, 1 counselor, and 1 Credit Flex Facilitator) Panel review of revised Applications/Access Plans Final notification of Approval or Denial Credit Flex advisory meetings for students to discuss their plans (for second semester) January 2017 May 2017 Mastery Assessment paper/pencil tests Presentation of Credit Flex projects/portfolios (for students who completed a project second semester). Timeline for students applying for credit flex plans for the entire school year: Date Mar 26, Apr 5-26, Apr 5 May 3, May 3, May 4 23, May YEARLONG TIMELINE SCHOOL YEAR Description Applications from Nagel/Anderson High School students for (including Access Plan) due to Michael Overbey, AHS principal. Student will present Credit Flex application to review panel for evaluation of all Applications/Access Plans. After review, the panel may make suggestions on how to improve/revise individual Access Plans. Students will then have one week from the date of their review to revise their Access Plans according to the panel s instructions (The Credit Flex Panel consists of content area specific teachers/supervisors, 1 Administrator, 1 counselor, and 1 Credit Flex Facilitator) Panel review of revised Applications/Access Plans Final notification of Approval or Denial Credit Flex advisory meetings for students to discuss their plans (for year-long plans) Presentation of Credit Flex projects/portfolios Office Use Only: AHS CREDIT FLEXIBILITY APPLICATION (Student Last Name) (Application Date) Student Name: Date: Student ID#: Current Grade Level: Student Student Cell: Method of Access (Check all that apply): Online course from approved list of providers Individual Research Independent Study Internship (requires a separate application) Study at Approved Institutions Community Service/Service Learning Educational Travel Mastery Assessment Course: Note: You must attach a detailed Credit Flex Access Plan (see box below) for all educational options listed above except Mastery Assessment. Expected Credit to be Awarded: Quarter Semester Full Year Credit Flex Access Plan Attach the details of your Credit Flex Access Plan to this application. Your plan must include all of the following items: Title of your option (include the content area; e.g., English, Science, Art, etc.) A detailed outline of the work scope of your project including a timeline for completion of work Your specific learning goals A detailed explanation of the evidence you will provide of your learning An explanation how this Credit Flex option will help you reach your immediate and postsecondary goal(s) An outline of what resources/support will you need to enable successful completion of this Credit Flex option Please read the following statements, initial in the space provided by each statement, and sign below to indicate that you understand and agree to the procedures put forth in this document. I understand and agree that: I will have to present both my application and project/portfolio to the Credit Flex Panel. If my credit flex application is accepted, I will earn credit for my work. I am responsible for scheduling and attending meetings with my Credit Flex Facilitator to meet the following requirements: check points, project guidance, work completion, panel presentation and attendance. I will earn a letter grade for the course. The letter grade that I earn will appear on my transcript and the final grade will be calculated as part of my GPA. It will not be designated as a credit flex course but will appear as a regular course. The drop date for Credit Flex classes is five school days after the course begins and, if I drop a Credit Flex class, it may not be possible to enroll in a traditional class that is already in progress. Academic honesty rules apply just as they do in a traditional class setting. I must meet the attendance requirements set forth in my plan. If I am in the school building when I am not scheduled in a traditional class, I will remain in designated areas and understand the Student Code of Conduct applies to me at all times. Passage of required state testing may impact the approval of my application. Performance in previous/current courses may impact the approval of my application. I may not drop a credit flex course after the withdraw date as established in the credit flex policy. Any Credit Flex option I select must meet the athletic participation requirements set forth by OHSAA and/or NCAA Initial Eligibility Center and I must speak with my counselor and Credit Flex Facilitator to evaluate the impact of accessing Credit Flexibility on my eligibility for high school and collegiate athletics. I am responsible for verifying graduation requirements with my counselor and completing all procedures necessary for the graduation ceremony. (Seniors only) I am responsible for meeting the requirements for periodic checkpoints and monitoring of progress as established in my credit flex plan. I will follow the Anderson High School code of conduct while working on this course. I understand that the Forest Hills School District cannot offer hardware or software support for my personal computer. I understand that I will not be allowed to retroactively receive credit for courses or experiences taken prior to the submission of an application. If I have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), I understand my plan must reflect the IEP goals and objectives that will be addressed during the credit flex course. I understand that an IEP team meeting will be conducted to amend my IEP after my proposal has been accepted and prior to beginning my credit flex plan. My Credit Flexibility Application is subject to approval by the Anderson High School Credit Flexibility Access Panel. I further understand that completion of this form does not guarantee access. Student Signature: Date: Parent Signature: Date: Credit Flex Advisor Signature: Date: (for Independent Study only) FOR OFFICE USE ONLY: Credit Flex Access Panel Members: Panel Approval: Date: Credit Flex Facilitator Assigned to Student: AHS COMMUNITY MENTOR WAIVER AND ACKNOWL- EDGEMENT FORM Return this form to the student s Credit Flex Facilitator with the Credit Flexibility Application /Access Plan. This form is only needed if a student is participating in an individual research, internship, community service/service learning, or education travel option. I,, the parent/guardian of (parent name) Student, (student name) Understand that my child will be participating in an educational option with a mentor who is not an employee of the Forest Hills School District. I have been informed that all mentors must undergo a background and security check by the Forest Hills School District prior to participating in this project. Costs associated with background checks will be the responsibility of the mentor. I also understand that while my child is participating in their educational option, the Forest Hills School District Student Code of conduct will fully apply, and all rules and regulations contained in the Code of conduct will be strictly enforced and reported back to school. Finally, I understand that the assigned mentor will have the authority to direct and supervise my child in his/her studies. I acknowledge that I have read and understand this Community Mentor Waiver and Acknowledgement form. Student Signature: Date: Student Name (please print): Parent Signature: Date: Parent Name (please print): ANDERSON CREDIT FLEXIBILITY ATHLETIC WAIVER This contains important information for student athletes who wish to access a Credit Flexibility option. This sheet must be signed and returned to the student s Credit Flex Facilitator before beginning any Credit Flexibility option. HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS: To be eligible to play interscholastic high school sports, a student must be currently enrolled in the Forest Hills Schools District and must have been enrolled in five full-credit courses during the immediately preceding grading period (semester, quarter, six-weeks, etc.) At the conclusion of the high school s grading period, a student enrolled in Credit Flex options must be passing all courses, including Credit Flex options in which they are enrolled, to establish athletic eligibility. (The student may not yet have completed the Credit Flex options, but it must be determined that the student was passing at the time the grading period ended.) If it is determined that the student was/is not passing, no credit towards the five credits (or equivalent) required for eligibility can be awarded and the student will not be eligible for athletics. COLLEGE ATHLETICS: Students who anticipate continuing participation in sports at the college level should carefully consider the possibility that the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center may not include some Credit Flexibility options as part of the qualifying core courses required for Division I and II eligibility. For potential college student athletes, the NCAA eligibility requirements specifically address the types of learning opportunities available through the Credit Flexibility policy (e.g., online/distance learning, independent study, one course taken over two years). The NCAA does not allow credit by exam (or Mastery Assessment) courses to be applied to core course eligibility requirements I have carefully read this information and understand that accessing Credit Flexibility options might negatively impact high school and college athletic opportunities/eligibility. Student Signature: Date: Student Name (please print): Parent Signature: Date: Parent Name (please print):
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